How do you honor the teens at your parish about to graduate from high school? I have heard many great ideas from parishes in our diocese and around the country, such as:
-- Setting aside a Sunday Mass at which they are called up and prayed over with a blessing that helps send them into the next phase of life.
-- A special Mass for all teens and their families wherein the seniors are honored with a gift (College Study Bible, cross or crucifix they can hang on a wall in their dorm/apartment/room, a plaque with a meaningful saying on it, etc.)
-- Seniors invited to speak to eigth graders about the imporantance of living the faith in high school (yes, it is a favor you ask of them, but still an honor to be asked as the 8th graders will love them!)
-- Getting their physical address in September to send cards, parish bulletin, pictures, or a batch of homemade cookies (this is important not only to those who may be away at college or in the military, but also to keep the locals connected with your community!) Also good to send a Christmas card...and Easter...
What other ideas would you like to share?
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Also, please do not forget to have those planning to attend college in Ohio complete and submit the card found at: http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/cm/connection.htm
P.S.S. Ideas and a Blessing of Graduates posted at:
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.